According to this article in The Intelligencer, “Breaking down cultural barriers,” there are 14 basic “problem areas or unmet need themes” among Koreans and Indians in the northern Philadelphia area:
Concerns of the elderly
Mental health issues
Domestic violence and child abuse
Discrimination, lack of power and lack of trust
Health and medical issues
Health insurance issues
Lack of awareness of community services
Substance abuse and addiction problems
The article also highlights top issues that are specific to the Korean and Indian communities:
The three key themes among Koreans were concerns of the elderly, language issues and mental health issues.
The three key themes among Indians were concerns of the elderly, mental health issues and domestic violence issues.
These findings come from interviews cited in a report titled “Koreans and Asian Indians in the North Penn Area”, compiled by Family Services of Montgomery County and funded by the North Penn Community Health Foundation.
Do you find similar needs in your Asian American community? What can be done to better address these issues?
I just got word of this special event from Pastor Ken Fong of Evergreen LA . This conversation is especially for Southern California Asian American evangelical churches and they are making a short film about this for release in the coming year.
WE NEED TO TALK: A Conversation about Homosexuality & the Asian American Christian Church. Sponsored by the Christian Social Issues (CSI) group, an informal gathering of Asian American Christians who discuss wide-ranging social issues and how they relate to our Christian faith. Join three old friends – two straight and one gay – who will engage in a conversation that needs to happen more often in order to dispel ignorance, quell fear and hatred, and foster greater understanding. Debate about scriptural interpretation or scientific evidence is not within the scope of this dialogue. It is not our intent to resolve this highly complex issue. Though we may ultimately arrive at different conclusions, at the very least, we need to break the awful silence in our churches surrounding this subject. We really need to talk.
If you have a friend or loved one who is gay, or you are gay yourself, or you are a Christian who is concerned about this issue, please join us in this much needed and long-awaited dialogue.
Russell Jeung (Associate Professor of Asian Studies at San Francisco State University) gave 4 talks at the first Asian American conference hosted by Bread of Life Church in Torrance, California, March 7-9. We recorded the first talk from Friday night. (Videos from all the talks may be made available later, but no guarantees.)
With permission from Russell Jeung, we are grateful for being able to post the first talk online. Here’s the audio (mp3, running time = 75:41) and slides from his March 7th presentation titled, “Daniel 2: Asian American Values of Wisdom, Community, and Humility” >>
With permission from Russell Jeung, we are grateful for being able to post yesterday’s talk online. Here’s the audio (mp3 – run time = 42:17) and slides from his March 6th presentation about Asian American religious affiliation >>
According to Pew Research Center data from 2006, while the majority of interracial couples include a Hispanic, the most common type of interracial couple (at 14 percent) is a white man married to an Asian woman. Second, at 8 percent, is a black man married to a white woman. (Interestingly, white-Asian pairings are three times as likely to be white men with Asian women as the other way around; and black-white pairings are three times as likely to be black men with white women. Observers have commented on the lagging marriage prospects for black women and Asian men as a result — although those groups do not, as one might expect as a purely mathematical matter, seem to marry each other.)
Some have argued that so many courses in church history are unnecessary for students training for ministry, and those precious and limited classroom hours should be devoted to more directly applicable disciplines. However, I am convinced that history is very applicable for helping us understand our own time and place. The editor of TIME magazine put it well in stating the importance of “explaining the challenges of the moment in the context of history – and relating the values of our history to the challenges of the moment.”